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Turnbull's Desk Chair Wishlist

Posted 17.04.20  - Craft

With most of us spending more time around the house, the value of sitting comfortably has never been relevant. As such, our Creative Director, Becky French, and the team have assembled their wish list of must-have office chairs for your perusal. From Charlotte Perriand’s LC7 Armchair to Pierre Jeanneret’s Cane Chair, browse Turnbull's favourite designs.

Office Cane Chair PJ-SI-28-A by Pierre Jeanneret

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Somewhat overshadowed by his cousin Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret is nonetheless a pioneer of mid-modernist architecture and design. Constructed from beautiful teak, this Cane Office chair's simplicity and warmth made it a firm favourite within the team. Joining his cousin on the infamous Chandigarh design in India, Jeanneret stayed on as lead architect for 15 years, long after Le Corbusier himself had quit.

This chair is currently sold out, but you can find out more about it here.

Series 7 Swivel Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen

Image credit: Conran Shop

The strikingly recognisable silhouette of Arne Jacobson's Series 7 Chair is manufactured in a castor-swivel variety by Danish furniture house Fritz Hansen. Upholstered in flexible walnut Grace leather, the bestselling chair was designed in 1955. Its trademark curved back is an instantly recognisable characteristic worthy of the most prized office compositions.


LC7 Armchair by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina

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Designed by French designer Charlotte Perriand in 1927, the innovative LC7 Armchair was intended for Perriand’s apartment in Paris’ Place Saint-Sulpice. A compact armchair, it was first exhibited at the 1928 Salon des Artistes Décorateurs and subsequently at the 1929 Salon d’Automne. The chair forms part of a collection co-signed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret manufactured by Cassina.


​​Brisa Chair by Carlos Motta

Image credit: Carlos Motta

Contemporary Brazilian-based designer and architect, Carlos Motta, describes 'designing new chairs as a powerful challenge'. Constructed from FSC certified wood, the Brisa Chair's uncomplicated lines and utilitarian quality, make it perfect for any office solution.


Lobby Chair ES 104 by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra

Image credit: Vitra.

The godparents of mid-century American design, Charles and Ray Eames originally designed this elegant Lobby Chair for the Time & Life Building in New York City in 1960. Characterised by is amply comfortable leather upholstery, the ES 104 Lobby Chair is an excellent home office chair and firm favourite within the team.


Vintage Leather Tilt and Swivel Executive Desk Chair by Vincent Cafiero for Knoll

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American designer, Vincent Cafiero, worked as Senior Designer of the Knoll Planning Unit between 1956 and 1967. He managed many of the company’s greatest interior design projects during this time, including the milestone CBS Building interior in 1965. This vintage high-back, swivel-tilt executive desk chair is in its original leather with a grade wool seat upholstery.


Saarinen Conference Armchair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll

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A traditional home office design courtesy of American-Finnish design legend, Eero Saarinen, the Conference Armchair is presented here with a functional swivel castor base in Cato upholstery, exclusive to the French design house Knoll. First introduced in 1950 it reimagined the notion of executive office seating and one that the Turnbull team truly appreciates.


Lead image credit:

Daniel Challis

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